GERMAN SHOOTER, Idaho (AP) The owners of an Idaho dog training center say they are going to train more dogs in the U.S. because of a surge in demand for service animals.
The company, which advertises itself as a “Puppy Training School,” said it has received more than 1,100 inquiries since the holidays.
The U.K.-based company said it will soon add more training locations.
The Idaho state police are also planning to open a training center in the area.
Idaho law requires service animals for any public employee or police officer.
“It is just an incredible number of people,” said owner Bill D. Loomis.
“I’ve never had such an outpouring of people from around the world wanting to train their dogs, and it just blew my mind.”
Loomas said he recently learned about a new dog training course that was set up in a shelter in Idaho.
The course focuses on how to handle a service animal while training it to be a good companion.
“A service animal can be an asset, but a dog is a human being and they need to be treated like that,” he said.
“That’s why we need to train dogs properly and how to treat them properly.”
Lomis said the company will open its new facility in late November.
The training center is expected to train 200 service dogs per month and sell about 10,000 puppies a year.
The state’s police department has been using the service dogs for years.
The department also uses them to patrol a number of schools, including Idaho State University.